Coach Tab Baldwin disappointed by Sinag cadets

Philippine national men’s basketball team to the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, a squad composed of some of the finest collegiate players in the country, is expected to breeze past its regional rivals. The Gilas cadet team’s final margin of 29 points, 81-52, against Indonesia in their opening game at the OCBC Arena Hall I on Wednesday was par for the course. But the way they got there, according to their American coach Tab Baldwin, wasn’t one that they should be satisfied with despite the decisive outcome in the end. “I was a little discouraged and disappointed because we didn’t play Filipino basketball,” Baldwin told sportswriters after the game. “We were slow, we were not aggressive, our defense is like a shadow of what we’ve been. We just got to turn out the test already. We didn’t rebound the way we should, we didn’t play well than we should. We just got to have aggressive mentality all the time.

“That’s not our style, that’s not the way it suits our team and it’s not what Filipino basketball is gonna be while I’m coaching.” Kiefer Ravena led the way for the Filipinos, finishing with 16 points while Troy Rosario had a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 boards. Guard Almond Vosotros chipped in 14 markers for the Philippines, which grabbed 17 more rebounds than Indonesia, but committed more turnovers with 21 errors. For Baldwin, Filipinos need to set the standard on the Southeast Asian level as far as basketball is concerned. “We need to play Filipino basketball. We need to be uncompromising. We never have to ever take a step backwards and we did. We were just slow. I was unhappy. We can’t be like that,” he said. “We’re not gonna gauge ourselves against our opposition, it’s too irrelevant to me. We’re gonna gauge ourselves based on what we’ve trained to be and what we’re going to be. That’s all that I accept and that’s all I expect the team.” Health concerns for Douthit, Thompson? The game saw some tense moments for the Philippine side when both naturalized player Marcus Douthit and NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson went out with injuries in the third quarter. Douthit suffered a bad landing in the third, although he was able to return later in the game. Thompson, meanwhile, came out of the game after an Indonesian player fell on him as the two crashed into the floor. Baldwin isn’t too concerned about the condition of Douthit as he believes it’s nothing serious. “It’s a twisted ankle, I don’t think it’s a sprain. Tomorrow we will see. I want to play everybody,” the coach said. Baldwin isn’t going to adjust his gameplan to ease up on the naturalized player yet. “He came here to play so I will play him,” he said. “We’ll play him in the minutes that I need him to play. If I don’t need him out on the floor, it’s important that we get the young Gilas some experience, but he needs to run, he needs to play but he doesn’t need to wear himself out.”
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